Sh*t Happens

Sh*t Happens

You know you’re in the poo when you write-off the new company ute that’s only travelled 691kms. In this case the driver literally was ankle deep in the smelly stuff and I’m guessing the proverbial hit the fan back at the office.

This 2015 Isuzu D-Max had not even consumed its first tank of diesel before disaster struck. We don’t know the details of the mishap but the truck was flooded with water and effluent and now it’s being sold as a damaged vehicle at Turners Wellington on Wednesday.

The Isuzu D-Max 4×4 is made to withstand the rough and tumble life of a commercial vehicle but modern vehicles have so much in the way of complex electronics that too much water (and effluent) can be fatal – if not straight away then in the future as corrosion takes hold. Which begs the question: are modern utes a bit soft? Back in the day if your old Datsun ute got flooded with effluent you just rinsed it out with a hose and some sunlight detergent to hide the smell. Now a brand new ute gets written off, deregistered and sold for parts.

So if you are in the market for a smelly, nearly new 4×4 ute then this is the ute for you. It does still run and drive but already the airbag warning light is constantly glowing like a little red beacon of doom. And the only thing worse than that is the smell of raw effluent every time you go for a drive.

The auction is on Wednesday at Turners Wellington. You can bid with one hand and hold your nose with the other. 

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